San Francisco police accuse A 22-year-old gunman identified as Carlos Claros of approaching a Filipino family of 18 with a gun, demanding that they give them their cellphones.
According to ABC 7 News, Patrick Elliot, his wife from the Philippines and 16 other family members were on a California road trip with their last stop being San Francisco. As their last attraction, the family wanted to visit Pier 39. Only then were they approached by the three men, one of them, armed with a gun.
Elliot stepped forward in front of his family, saying that he would take any shots fired at them.
Good Word News also reports that Elliot remembers Claros saying to one of his family members “Ugh, you Asians,” as he spat in their direction.
Afterward, Claros and his two accomplices ran towards the water park area of the pier while the family noticed that the gun was thrown under a car. The San Francisco Police Department would then arrest Claros as they were already in the area.
ABC 7’s Dion Lim reports this incident on a personal Twitter thread.
Lim discovered that Claros has an extensive criminal history which included drug and stolen car possession last year alongside involvement in strong-armed robbery sprees in late 2019 across multiple neighborhoods.
Claros was on probation at the time of the Pier 39 incident. A spokesperson for the District Attorney’s office was contacted by Lim via email.
“Mr. Claros is on a felony probation from a 2018 incident,” the spokesperson said. “Given that this is a pending case, we are limited in what else we can share at the time.”
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